Over the past week, our timelines have been awash with various online donation drives and cries to help Typhoon Odette victims. But it doesn’t seem to be enough. Millions of our fellow Filipinos were affected by the devastating storm and it will take more than just one round of donations to help them get back on their feet. This is why singer/actress Nadine Lustre is using her huge platform to raise awareness for Typhoon Odette victims. Did you know she even spent Christmas in Siargao?
Nadine’s Instagram account, transformed
Nadine is using her platform to spread awareness and call for help for Typhoon Odette victims. Her Instagram account, usually filled with aesthetic shots, has now transformed into squares of infographics. Each post details what is currently going on in a typhoon-affected location and where to donate to help. The posts were made in partnership with organizations like Kids for the Future, Kids for Kids, and Aksyon ng Kabataan Organization. Nadine sure knows how to best reach out to her 10.8 million followers!
You can also find more on her IG stories
— Naddicts Official (@NaddictsOfc) December 28, 2021
Aside from posting on her account, Nadine has also been sharing other donation drives and updates on her Instagram stories. She acts as the boost everyone needs to be heard on a bigger platform. She also shares posts for animal relief and aid, always remembering that humans aren’t the only ones affected here. Even our furry friends need all the help they can get. The singer/actress continues to remind everyone that while some are huddled safely in their homes, celebrating a peaceful end of the year, there are others who are struggling and need help.
She even spent Christmas in Siargao
SHINE YOUR LIGHT, NADZ! 💡✨
LOOK: Actress Nadine Lustre and Greenpeace installed a solar panel in Barangay Malinao, Siargao which victims of Typhoon #OdettePH can use to charge their phones and other electronic gadgets. | Screengrab from Greenpeace Philippines/Facebook pic.twitter.com/kpSRbd6rSZ
— Inquirer (@inquirerdotnet) December 23, 2021
Lest anyone think our President Nadine is just conveniently posting on social media in the comfort of her home, here’s proof that she actually cares. She traveled to Siargao to distribute relief goods and solar panels to heavily affected areas. Together with her boyfriend, Christophe Bariou, who owns a hotel in Siargao, she spent Christmas day going around the island looking to extend a helping hand.
Proud of Siargao and its community
WATCH: Actress, singer-song writer Nadine Lustre expressed gratitude for the help #Siargao island is receiving, stressing that even the locals, who are the very victims of the calamity, are helping each other as a community. @gmanews @gmapinoytv pic.twitter.com/exjMzL3Shm
— JP Soriano (@jpsoriano) December 26, 2021
Nadine has recently moved to Siargao for good. It’s why the island is so close to her heart. When asked what she wants to tell the people of Siargao stuck by the typhoon, Nadine said that she’s proud of everyone for not being selfish. People in Siargao are willing to help each other even if they’ve all been caught in the same violent storm.
“Guys, mahirap I know it’s very hard but I’m proud of everyone I’m proud of you all for helping each other,” she said.
Netizens applaud her for being proactive
nadine lustre surely knows how to use her privilege. i will never understand the people who hate her. pic.twitter.com/T0GBCgkY2G
— ً (@walkingnozomi) December 23, 2021
How could netizens not commend the actress for all her help? Many left comments on her Instagram posts thanking her profusely for caring enough to spend the holidays providing for other people.
This girl travelled for 6 hours on a little pump boat in the middle of the vast ocean in the middle of the night to get to Siargao. Proud and grateful for your help nadine❤️ #nadinelustre 📷leagoeson pic.twitter.com/YHvfseKMOO
— _hk (@x_HKel) December 27, 2021
A touching comment on fb
The people of Siargao shall be thankful to you, Nadine, for many years. And, this nation shall remember, that you are not only a pretty face and a good acctress, but a great humanitarian as well.
Well done, young lady.
— gizm0 (@GullibleGizm0) December 27, 2021
Nadine Lustre surely is the epitome of beauty, inside and out
— Ni©olai (@aniyoooooo) December 26, 2021
There are Surigao gentrifiers, and then there’s Nadine Lustre. https://t.co/wikUKxvT0W
— JC (@jtothecurcas) December 24, 2021
Even her official fan club is helping
Good morning! As of 10AM today we have received this amount of donations.
— Naddicts Official (@NaddictsOfc) December 28, 2021
President Nadine is a good influence and remains to be such an inspiration. But it’s not only her — even her fans should be applauded. Nadine’s official fan club, Naddicts Official, continues to accept monetary and in-kind donations to aid affected families. They’ve managed to gather almost half a million pesos with every cent accounted for. Follow Naddicts official on Twitter for more information.
How to help typhoon victims
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If you want to help victims of Typhoon Odette, you can go ahead and check out Nadine’s Instagram for details on where to donate. You can also check out this short list of local donation drives we put together to help affected communities. Monetary or in-kind donations are accepted.
Typhoon Odette aftermath in the Philippines
It has almost been two weeks since Typhoon Odette ravaged most of Visayas and Mindanao. Until now, there are communities and cities without electricity, signal, and potable water. The death toll has climbed to 389, 1,146 are injured and 64 missing. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) also estimated that there are over 1 million families displaced. Houses are flattened and infrastructures are damaged by the harsh winds. A lot of streets are still impassable due to debris. The effect of the super typhoon was shocking but everyone is working round the clock to make sure our fellow Filipinos have everything they need.